The Law Society has issued an updated Practice Note on attendance of solicitors at local authority Children Act meetings. It is aimed at all solicitors who work in public law Children Act proceedings.
Local authority Children Act meetings are a key part of the local authority's statutory arrangements to progress care planning in children's cases. The Practice Note represents the latest iteration of guidance originally issued in April 1994, which dealt only with the role of solicitors employed by the local authority called upon to attend Child Protection Conferences.
The guidance remains relevant to solicitors representing children, parents or other parties involved in child care proceedings but has been broadened to include advice to all solicitors called upon to attend local authority meetings to progress the care planning of children's cases.
The Practice Note of 9 August 2016 can be viewed here.